Mining is big business in Canada, it is an integral part of the economy and Canada relies heavily on mining. The old saying goes “If you cannot farm it, you mine it” and so this rings true from the computers we work on, to the phones we hold, to the cars we drive, to the houses we live in, all of these things that we take so for granted come from the minerals and metals we mine.
According to the Mining Association of Canada, there are approximately 380,000 people across Canada that work in the mining and mineral processing industries. Canada also has one of the largest mining supply sectors globally with more than 3.400 companies that supply engineering, geotechnical, environmental, financial and other services to the mining operations.
Those that work in mining also enjoy the highest wages and salaries of all industrial sectors in Canada with an annual average pay exceeding $110,000 which according to the Mining Association of Canada surpassed the average earnings of workers in forestry, manufacturing, finance and construction by a range of $31,000 to $46,000 for those sectors. Canada has proven itself to be a global leader in mining and is one of the largest mining nations in the world, producing more than 60 minerals and metals.
We often forget those who are responsible for extracting these essential minerals and metals from the ground, the miners themselves. Mines are usually located in remote regions, which means that our miners not only in Canada but worldwide, have to face icy and snowy climates, high altitude, or dry desert environments depending on where the mine is. Should they be working underground which many of the miners are, they will also be working in the depths of the earth where heat, darkness, noise and damp are a way of life.
The mining industry also runs 24/7, which means the Miners usually work long shifts, away from home, with many miners not seeing their families for months on end because the mines are generally so remotely located. Working conditions in mines and quarries can be dangerous, and many Miners are subjected to working in cramped conditions where they may need to work on their hands and knees in very confined spaces.
So what are these men and woman who spend their days working in our mines to produce these minerals and metals that the world has grown so reliant on earning?
According to the results of our salary survey, Miners are earning the following:
- Miners in Canada with less than 5 years’ experience are earning a base pay on the 25%ile of $57,360 a median of $67,000 and on the 75%ile $73,500
- Miners in Canada with 5 – 10 years’ experience are earning a base pay on the 25%ile of $61,250 a median of $70,000 and on the 25%ile $85,500
- Miners with 10 years plus experience are earning a base pay on the 25%ile of $70,000 a median of $75,000 and on the 75%ile $90,000
For those Miners in Canada who hold a supervisory or foreman position, according to the results of our recent salary survey are earning the following:
- Mine Supervisors / Foreman with less than 10 years’ experience are earning a base pay on the 25%ile of $70,000 a median of $85,000 and on the 25%ile $113,000
- For those that have 10 years plus experience, they are earning on the 25%ile $96,000, a median of $105,000 and on the 75%ile $125,500